Civil Rights and Jobs



Left to Right: John Lewis, Mathew Ahmann, Floyd B. McKissick, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cleveland Robinson, Joachim Prinz, Joseph Rauh, Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph
UPI, August 28, 1963, reprinted in Washington Post, June, 1998

WHAT WE DEMAND (partial list):

7.  A massive federal program to train and place all unemployed workers–Negro and white–on meaningful and dignified jobs at decent wages.

8. A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living.

9. A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to include all areas of employment which are presently excluded.

10. A federal Fair Employment Practices Act barring discrimination by federal, state, and municipal governments, and by employers, contractors, employment agencies, and trade unions.

Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1967), 55.

In our society it is murder, psychologically, to deprive a man [sic] of a job or an income. You are in substance saying to that man that he has no right to exist. You are in a real way depriving him of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, denying in his case the very creed of his society.